There’s no end in sight for the annual season residency in Australia of endearingly popular premium cruise ship Celebrity Solstice, with Celebrity Cruises confirming the vessel will return to local shores for the 2018/19 summer, this time loaded with a host of new cruise itineraries and onboard programs to offer to locals and international visitors.
One of the biggest changes on the radar will see passengers given the opportunity to swap their comfortable stateroom for a swag or a small bedroom on the Moore Reef Pontoon – a specially designed floating platform in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. The offering comes as part of a two-day shore excursion where travellers leave the ship with an overnight bag and rejoin the ship the next day, often at the next port of call.
This tour will feature as part of several new 10-night cruises along the Queensland coast where guests will also have multiple chances to swim, snorkel and dive among the Reef.
Solstice will also venture much further into the South Pacific as part of the 2018/19 season, the ship scheduling a number of 13-night cruises from Sydney, during which the ship will make its maiden visits to Apia, Samoa and the Tongan ports of Vava’u and Nuku’alofa. The line’s first overnight stay in Hobart also features as part of the line-up.
Guests will also see a significantly enhanced Australian experience onboard after Celebrity Cruises partnered with Australia Zoo to develop an enrichment program where opportunities to learn more about native Australian wildlife will be provided. Locally sourced cuisine, culture and entertainment will also be developed for passengers to enjoy.
The rest of Celebrity Solstice‘s season will remain true to what makes the ship so popular, with multiple one-way cruises between Sydney and Auckland ranging in duration from 10 to 14 nights and one 16-night voyage in each direction between Fremantle and Auckland.
Solstice‘s new program was detailed as part of the release of where every ship in the fleet will be found during the end-of-year season in 2018 and into the beginning of 2019.
On a more global basis, other highlights of the season will see one of Solstice‘s sister ships sent to cruise in South America for the first time. Celebrity Eclipse will cruise primarily in and around Chile, Argentina and Brazil, making a few special stops in Antarctic waters and also spending two full nights docked in Rio De Janeiro to allow guests to immerse themselves in the colour and excitement of the city’s annual iconic Carnival.
The season also includes the previously reported debut of Celebrity Constellation in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, from where it will cruise Asia, India and Africa.